A failed Dracula movie is trending on Netflix

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Dracula Untold is currently in the top 10 most-watched movies on Netflix.

By Joshua Jones | Published

2014 Unspeakable Dracula was supposed to kick off Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe, once the studio decided it was going to be a thing and retroactively added a final scene. The film ended up being a non-starter, only managing to rack up $217 million worldwide and receiving mixed reviews from critics. Despite Unspeakable Dracula not hitting the bull’s eye, the film does quite well in streaming. According to Flix Patrol, Universal’s Unspeakable Dracula is in the Top 10 of the Netflix charts.

That’s not too surprising, especially since it’s Halloween season and a lot of people are in the mood to watch any related horror. One has to ask whether the renewed interest in Unspeakable Dracula may give the studio enough motivation to try again to create a monster cinematic universe.

Unspeakable Dracula features Luke Evans as the titular supernatural entity. The story centers on the origin of the character and how he became the most feared monster in the whole land. The development of the new Dracula project began in 2007 with gods of egypt and The crow Alex Proyas hired to direct.

Universal was initially developing a project called Dracula: Year Zero, which would have played Sam Worthington. However, the studio ended its deal with Proyas and Worthington due to budget issues. Then, on February 10, 2012, Deadline reported that Irish director Gary Shore was in talks to take over as director. Shore previously wrote and directed two shorts before stepping in to helm this massive studio project.

After Sam Worthington left the role of Vlad the Impaler – the man who would later become Dracula – the studio hired Luke Evans to replace him. Before working on Unspeakable DraculaEvans appeared in Universal Fast and Furious franchise and was in The Hobbit movies for Warner Bros. Evans was soon joined by Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks and others.

One of the interesting aspects of Unspeakable Dracula was that the studio tried to include it in its Monster Cinematic Universe project. The studio attempted to reboot its classic monster movies with those from 2017 The Mummy, with Tom Cruise. However, the film’s lackluster box office and reception led to the scrapping of what was then known as the Dark Universe altogether.

Universal planned to create its own cinematic universe after seeing Disney’s success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On October 15, 2014, the studio announced that Unspeakable Dracula was included in the Dark Universe. They also hinted that the Charles Dance character from the film would appear in many other projects.

Suffice it to say, Universal’s plan to replicate the success of the MCU backfired after the dismal box office return of The Mummy and Unspeakable Dracula. Producer Alissa Phillips expressed her hope that Evan’s character could have a brief appearance in a second Mummy film. During an interview with IGN, director Gary Shore mentioned that the choice to use Unspeakable Dracula as a launchpad for an entire Monster Cinematic universe was “optional”.

The Hollywood Reporter later revealed that the final scenes of Unspeakable Dracula could be used in Universal’s monsterverse. However, the film’s poor box office convinced the studio to downplay ties to other Monsterverse characters and decided to use The Mummy as a starting point. It wasn’t long before the studio and the public forgot that Unspeakable Dracula had even happened.

Emmy Award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi produced the score for Unspeakable Dracula. The composer has previously worked on HBO game of thrones, Prison Break, Pacific Rim, and many other projects. Djawadi has given up on the opportunity to score the sci-fi film Tom Cruise edge of tomorrow so that he can work Unspeakable Dracula. The first trailer for the film featured musical artist Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.

Following the release of Unspeakable Dracula, Box Office Mojo speculated that the film’s domestic and foreign box office earnings were “enough to earn enough to start a modest franchise”. Evans said in 2016 that he had conversations with the studio about his character’s future in the Dark Universe. Producer Alissa Phillips even said during the film’s UK premiere that talks are ongoing at the studio about a potential Dracula sequel.

Although it appears to be a sequel to Unspeakable Dracula becomes less and less likely, that doesn’t mean Dracula will stay on the shelves. Audiences can look forward to the Nicolas Cage Dracula movie Renfieldwhich is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2023.

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